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BMA recruiting GP ‘activists’ to rally profession behind industrial action

BMA recruiting GP ‘activists’ to rally profession behind industrial action

The BMA plans to develop a network of activist GPs across the country to ‘galvanise solidarity’ around industrial action.

It is seeking grassroots GPs who will undertake ‘activist training’ offered by the BMA.

It also plans to liaise with LMCs to demonstrate unity of the profession, an update from last week’s GPC England meeting said.

The note said: ‘The committee received an update from the BMA’s Director of Member Relations on an outline plan around how we intend to develop a network of activists amongst GPs across the country.

‘This network would be there to support GPCE advance its aims, take actions on behalf of GPCE, and galvanise solidarity amongst the profession ahead of any industrial action. As part of these efforts, grassroot members will be offered the opportunity to undertake activist training offered by the BMA.

‘In addition, GPCE will be seeking to collaborate and coordinate with LMCs to engage the profession as a whole. Once this plan is implemented, GPCE will issue regular actions for both activists and LMCs to take to demonstrate the unity of the profession and give GPCE leverage in negotiations with the government.’

Oliver Segal KC ‘attended the meeting to present legal advice that had been shared with the committee, as well as field questions from committee members,’ the note added.

‘During this item, committee members explored the challenges that GPs would face in taking industrial action, as well as exploring how GPs could undertake industrial action most effectively.’

Following the session ‘further guidance will be developed to be issued to GPs and LMCs as part of the preparations for potential industrial action’, the update said.

The BMA’s GP Committee for England is developing a minimum per-patient funding request to add to demands in upcoming GP contract negotiations.

The figure could be used as ‘basis for dispute’ to trigger industrial action if the Government fails to meet the demand.



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John Glasspool 24 July, 2023 6:48 pm


Dave Haddock 24 July, 2023 8:08 pm

Will the BMA be providing the clown costume?

James Bissett 24 July, 2023 8:30 pm

I think that I have heard of this idea before. Oceania Thought police or Beria NKVD perhaps

Northern Trainer 24 July, 2023 8:32 pm

I wonder how my years of subs will be spent by this balanced group of “leaders” to represent the half of us who don’t want to strike???

David Church 24 July, 2023 10:51 pm

Dear Northern Trainer, I do not think many of us ‘want’ to strike at all, but if you have found an alternative way to increase funding and attract more doctors into GP training, and more GPs to stay in the UK, then please let us all know how you were able to increase your funding and reduce expenses, and also satisfy patient demands?

The Locum 26 July, 2023 12:18 am

Any of us left that have tried are leaving.
Looking forward to a job in Commonwealth now.
So long NHSE / GMC

Dave Haddock 26 July, 2023 9:58 am

The answer is of course is to follow the lead of the dentists; if the BMA were actually acting in the interest of GPs they would be advocating something akin to Denplan.
Sadly they are off playing politics.

PAUL BALLINGER 26 July, 2023 2:11 pm

Appalling . No need for any industrial action . If GPs aren’t happy please just leave quietly and leave the rest of us to carry on working . We re better off without militants and troublemakers .